The 80s has been unfairly maligned as a decade of empty bubblegum pop, but I think nothing could be further from the truth. Dig a little deeper and you'll find some of the most amazing music evolved from the dark days of Thatcher's Britain. I don't consider any of these songs "alternative", rather a soundtrack of my youth, and every song I've included is special to me in some way. I hope you enjoy it! - DJ Funkwit

Life In A Northern Town - The Dream Academy
Under The Milky Way - The Church
Jennifer She Said - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
Cherry Came Too - The Jesus & Mary Chain
May The Sun Shine Bright For You - Primal Scream
So Alive - Love & Rockets
Like The Weather - 10.000 Maniacs
Don't Call Me Baby - Voice Of The Beehive
Heroes - David & David
Build - The Housemartins
Let Me Be Your Pirate - Nena
I Know It's True But I'm Sorry To Say - Violent Femmes
Life's What You Make It [BBG Remix] - Talk Talk
Digging Your Scene - The Blow Monkeys
The King Of Rock 'n' Roll - Prefab Sprout
Heartland - The The
Jump - Aztec Camera
Strange Boat - The Waterboys
Always The Sun - The Stranglers
Souvenir Of China - Jean Michel Jarre